Should There Be Church Membership?

Warren Throckmorton posted on December 13 on his blog that Mark Driscoll is involved in establishing a "Bible based church" in North Phoenix, which is the general area where I live. Warren says The Articles of Incorporation say it will be named The Trinity Church and have no official membership. I disagree with that name for a church, but I agree with not having traditional church membership.How should a church be named? Well, anyone who reads this blog knows that I was a … [Read more...]

More on Why Jesus Cannot Return Yet

The Bible predicts many things that must occur prior to the end of the age and thus before Jesus returns. The following is a list of some of these prophecies with their references in brackets. The first few have occurred since the first century. But many of these still unfulfilled prophecies show that Jesus could not have returned soon at any time after the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, in AD 70.The Christian gospel is preached throughout the entire world (Matt. 24.14/Mark 13.10) The … [Read more...]

Israel Approves Leviathan Field Production

Golda Meir (1898-1978) was the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. She once quipped, "Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!" Golda, that's true, but its not true.A few years ago, the U.S. Geological Survey did test wells in the seabed of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and discovered it has some of the richest natural gas, and probably oil, deposits in the … [Read more...]

Memorizing the Entire Qur’an

Last week, the FBI discovered and announced that the young, Sunni Muslim married couple that was enamored with ISIS and committed the dastardly deed of shooting 14 people dead and wounding about 20 people in San Bernardino, California, had in the past memorized the entire Qur'an. It seems that each of them had done it before they had even met each other.And this week's issue of Time magazine has an article about the founder and head of ISIS, who is al-Baghdadi (original name Ibrahim Awwad … [Read more...]

Review of the Film “Son of God”

The Hollywood film about Jesus of Nazareth entitled “Son of God” is an adaptation of a ten-hour miniseries on television entitled “The Bible,” which was first shown on The History Channel in March, 2013. This film was released on February 28, 2014. In its first 2.5 months, it grossed nearly $68 million. But critics reviewed the film negatively, resulting in a 21% rating to date. This disparity between reviews and good box office success reveals that moviegoers, which include a strong Christian se … [Read more...]

Hal Lindsey and Rock’n Rollen Stewart

Hal LindseyHal Lindsey and I come from the same church in Houston, Texas. It is an independent Bible church called Berachah Church. (Berachah is the Hebrew word for "blessing.") In my first year in college, at eighteen years of age, I attended a Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) retreat for college students. The pastor of my new church, Robert B. Thieme Jr., and Hal Lindsey were the two keynote speakers. (At that time, Lindsey was a traveling speaker for CCC.) When Lindsey spoke that first … [Read more...]

“Trump, Obama both Wrong about Islam and Terrorism”

I live in metro-Phoenix, Arizona. I like to read Robert Robb's editorial column in the Arizona Republic newspaper. Here is his column yesterday, with the above title, with changes only in his paragraphing: According to Donald Trump, all Muslims are suspect. According to Barack Obama, Islam has nothing to do with the terrorist threat confronting the [our] country. Both perspectives are miles from the truth, although at least Obama's isn't offensive to boot.Identifying and a … [Read more...]

Are Muslims Being Radicalized with the Qur’an?

U.S. government authorities and the media are talking about these Muslim terrorists being "radicalized." But they rarely explain how they are being radicalized other than perhaps to say that some imams at mosques are doing the radicalizing in their teaching. But hardly any of these government authorities and news outlets tell us what these Muslim clerics are teaching these terrorists and if it has anything to do with the Qur'an, the sacred text of Islam. It appears that they do not read the … [Read more...]